Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’.  Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group.

26 March 2012
Stuck in the mud in the Green Zone
Graham’s team gets into a sticky situation while resupplying checkpoints in Kunjak: “Things didn’t go to plan: one of the vehicles attempting to pull us out came off the road and into a ditch.  With my vehicle stuck in wet clay and the front vehicle in a ditch, all hopes of self-recovery had ended in disappointment.  We needed help.”
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5 March 2012
Nourishing the grass roots in the Green Zone
Graham’s team is making progress in the far reaches of their Area of Operations: “As my R&R (rest & recuperation) approached we patrolled into an insurgent hotspot, a small village on the edge of our Area of Operations (AO).  At the start of the tour, we had experienced a number of ‘shoot and scoot’ attacks.  For now the village is quiet. ”
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14 February 2012
New school, new checkpoint and new partners in the Green Zone
Graham has had a busy start to the year on building projects and patrols: “Overall, the operation was a success. It proved we could operate with our new Afghan Army partners, enjoyed good interaction with the locals and learned about the area.”
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31 January 2012
Building a new checkpoint in the Green Zone
Graham is helping to build a new checkpoint for locals: “A new location had to be found within the limits of the village which was found with help from the Afghan National Army.  Construction is due to start soon.  This will help secure the local facility and help the locals to police the village and the hope of securing an area known to be rife with insurgent activity.”
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17th January 2012
Strengthening relationships in the Green Zone
Graham and his team are getting to know the locals: “The locals are very happy that we are in the area and help us out by walking over the bridges to prove they are have not got IEDs or putting down logs for us to make a crossing.”
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12 December 2011
Happy with the progress in the Green Zone
Graham is pleased to report that the locals in his area of operations are happy with the progress that has been made in a short time: “The fact that a school built by a UK charity in the local area will soon open will only do more to secure the hearts and minds of the locals. The farmers are even more happy as the corn crop in is and the wheat and poppy seed is doing down.”
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6 December 2011
A tour of the Green Zone from the grass-roots
In his first blog, Pte Thurston leaves Germany for a patrol base in Nahr e-Saraj district, and uncovers his first IED whilst on patrol.
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